# How many roads must a man walk down?

Nybes
Posers and Puzzles 19 Apr '12 16:45
1. 19 Apr '12 16:45
Before you can call him a man?

2. 19 Apr '12 21:32
Originally posted by Nybes
Before you can call him a man?

42.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

Richard
3. 03 May '12 15:07
Originally posted by Nybes
Before you can call him a man?

Mother Simpson: [sings] How many roads must a man walk down / Before you can call him a man...

Homer: Seven.

Lisa: No, dad, it's a rhetorical question.

Homer: OK, eight.

Lisa: Dad, do you even know what "rhetorical" means?

Homer: Do I know what "rhetorical" means?
4. 03 May '12 15:16
Originally posted by Nybes
Before you can call him a man?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind.
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
5. 03 May '12 16:17
So the answer is either seven or eight.
6. 03 May '12 20:09
The answer is blowin in the "wind"

Using typical numerology:
1= a, j, s;
2= b, k, t;
3= c, l, u;
4= d, m, v;
5= e, n, w;
6= f, o, x;
7= g, p, y;
8= h, q, z;
9= i, r

"wind" = 5 + 9 + 5 + 4 = 23

So you are a true man when you are 23 years old
7. 04 May '12 12:19
Originally posted by iamatiger
So you are a true man when you are 23 years old
Provided you've only ever walked down one road each year.

Richard
8. coquette
04 May '12 17:50
call "him" a man when he earns it

becomes mature, responsible and accountable
9. 04 May '12 21:29
Originally posted by coquette
call "him" a man when he earns it

becomes mature, responsible and accountable
10. 04 May '12 22:10
Originally posted by coquette
call "him" a man when he earns it

becomes mature, responsible and accountable
Why should we?

No woman ever has...

Richard
11. 06 May '12 01:13
Originally posted by Shallow Blue
Why should we?

No woman ever has...

Richard
Oh good one.....I will if you will.
12. 10 May '12 23:51
Originally posted by Nybes
Before you can call him a man?

Only one, if it's in Viet Nam during the war.
13. Ponderable
chemist
13 May '12 16:42
Originally posted by Nybes
Before you can call him a man?

In fact the text of the well known song implies that we talk about a very high number, not easily to be estimated.

BUT one can try to do a bit philosophy on this one:

* How many roads? One, the right one (or the last one before being a man) Since if the road travelling is determining manhood, then you are not a man until you travelled a sufficient number of roads. You are still not man at n-1, but you are at n, so it's travelling the last one, which is making a man of you.

* How many roads? This implies the qualifier "different", since travelling always the same road would probably account to nothing.(We could make a point from this...is it worthwhile?) Since we are talking about "different roads" we talk about experience. A man should know more than his own birthplace to become a man. But what does that say about most of our ancestors who probably never travelled further than a few miles from their birthplace? This throws us directly into the definitory problem, some posters threw up before: What exactly is the definition of manhood?

* How many roads? It doesn't imply actual roads, since it is not the motion, bt the thought, and men should have explored several roads of thinking to be called "man". But here people might argue, that following the true thing from the beginning would be far better then making a big show on following blind roads?

worked enough?
shown enough manhood?
There will always be someone questioning and some questions even lead to deeper wisdom.

Cheers!
14. 18 May '12 04:23
One. A real man understands that walking roads is tough work after walking the first one. After that, he finds a horse or some other creature or mechanism to carry him on all roads to follow.
15. 18 May '12 17:05
Originally posted by CLL53
One. A real man understands that walking roads is tough work after walking the first one. After that, he finds a horse or some other creature or mechanism to carry him on all roads to follow.
Or finds someone to walk down it for him, especially if it is in Afghanistan.